Duke Flyers tour lands in the Twin Ports

By KBJR News 1

September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - More than two dozen modern aviation marvels made a stop in the Twin Ports on Thursday.

Commemorative Air Force Squadron 101 hosted the 25th annual fly-in of the Duke Flyers Association.

The Beechcraft Duke Flyer, first built in 1968, became a superior performer and alternative to commercial flight, giving passengers a more comfortable and compact option when it comes to a ride in the sky.

No longer in production, 411 of the original 596 planes are still flying.

The president of the Association says the private plane introduced more convenience and efficiency than your standard commercial flight.

"When you get into this airplane you have the capability of flying above weather, around weather and you can do things the airlines can't do. We can go to smaller places, little towns where they have an airport, we can make a business day far more productive flying privately than you can commercially," said Earle Olson, DFA president.

Duluth is one of many stops for the Duke Flyers, organizers with DFA say the stop in Duluth is an important part of the tour because of the city's many aviation accomplishments.

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